Steve Sax today is known for defensive struggles, but I don't remember any of that from back then. Those problems may have largely been in the past by the time I started paying attention. I remember having his 1982 Topps rookie card, which also featured Mike Marshall and Ron Roenicke. Ron Roenicke played with the Phillies for a couple of years, and I probably saw him play in person at the Vet. Like Sax, Marshall hung around long enough to be on the 1988 champion Dodgers.
Steve Sax card back.
Sax has just under 2000 career hits, and made his way into this league leaders set by tying for second in the AL with 205 hits. So, he had more than 10% of his career total in 1989. He also tied for fourth in steals with 43, tied for 6th in runs, and placed 7th in batting average. This was probably his second-best season, after 1986.
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